Boone JAM program

A class is hosted at the Jones House as part of the Boone Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.

BOONE — The Jones House will resume in-person fall music lessons as part of the Boone Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program, a 14-week semester beginning on Sept. 7 and 9.

This program offers music lessons for children and adults in traditional styles of music rooted in the Appalachian region. Lessons are available for fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

Boone JAM is an affiliate of the broader Junior Appalachian Musicians program, with members extending across the Southern Appalachian region in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. The overarching goal of the JAM program is to expose individuals to the traditional music styles of the region through active, hands-on engagement.

This initiative was brought to Boone and the Jones House in 2004, largely due to the efforts of town of Boone Cultural Resources Director Mark Freed. Since then, Boone JAM has introduced hundreds of students to traditional Appalachian music. Currently organized by Cultural Resources Coordinator Brandon Holder, the program draws upon a pool of talented local music instructors, some former JAM students themselves.

“Boone JAM helps students of all ages not only learn to play a traditional instrument, but also to grow in confidence, to develop a sense of community among other musicians, and to stay connected to our region’s rich musical heritage,” says Holder.

Each JAM semester consists of 45-minute lessons taught in small groups over the course of 14 weeks. Lessons take place at the Jones House weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 4:30-7:30 p.m. The spring semester begins the week of Sept. 7 and will culminate in a public recital in December.

Tuition is $75 for students ages 7-17 and $125 for students age 18 and over. Rental instruments are provided for a cost of $50 per semester. Discounts are offered to families with multiple children participating, and scholarship assistance is available upon request.

Registration for music lessons is open online at joneshouse.org through Sept. 1. For more information about Boone JAM or private music lessons call the Jones House at (828) 268-6280 or email brandon.holder@townofboone.net.

In compliance with town of Boone ordinances, masks must be worn at all times inside the Jones House. Boone JAM receives funding and support from the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the town of Boone.

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